Oh San Fran. With your beautiful houses, big hills, killer restaurants, lovely bridges, & delicious donuts. Our last stop before we drove down the Californian coast back to LA, I’ve always heard glowing reports on San Francisco, and I can tell you now that it did not disappoint.
We divided our time between being classic tourists and taking some time for some much needed relaxing. Touristy things included riding the cable car (make sure you hold on, it goes surprisingly fast), visiting Alcatraz at night (so spooky, but the views of the city from the island as the sun goes down are magical), and visiting the typical San Fran hot spots – The Painted Ladies, Fisherman’s Wharf, and Lombard St (‘The Crookedest Street in the World’). We then spent hours wandering the streets looking at pretty houses, and made a pretty good effort to eat our way around the city (a common theme to our holiday it seems). But the eating was definitely walked off after the amount of hills we walked up. I’d also like to take this opportunity to apologise to my husband for my multiple hill related tantrums. In hindsight, the hours of hill-hiking probably did me good considering my donut intake.
If you’re headed to San Fran any time soon, the below list of places to eat should keep you busy, and deliciously satisfied…
Trestle. Book yourself a dinner here. It’s a fixed menu each night with a choice from 2 options for each course. Well priced. Great wine list. The staff were an absolute delight. And it was one of the best meals we had in our entire trip. If I gave out stars, they’d get a 5 out of 5.
Mr. Holmes Bakehouse. I can’t rave enough about these donuts. The flavours change daily – we had the vanilla + rum, and the blueberry donut, both were ridiculous. They are also well known for their cruffins (people had formed a line on the street waiting for them to be baked) and their pink packaging and neon signage will be a great addition to any instagram feed.
Boudin Bakery. We went for breakfast on our first day in SF. On Fisherman’s Wharf, it was across the road from our hotel (we stayed at the Argonaut Hotel) and even has a museum if learning about Sourdough is your thing.
The Mill. We went for breakfast on our last day, and I could have spent hours sitting in their bay window in the sunshine sipping coffee. A no-fuss, simple menu, and beautiful interiors, it was right up my alley. Highly recommended.
Comstock Saloon. We went here for drinks before our dinner at Trestle. A super cute little saloon, with live music and an impressive cocktail list. We sat in the front room, and were lucky to get a seat, 10 minutes after we got there the place was packed. The kind of place you could go for one drink and accidentally stay for hours.
Japantown. For Japanese (obviously). I don’t remember which restaurant we ate at, but they all looked pretty great. We chose based on the artificial food on display in the window, which is how you know it must be good. And it was good. Especially after walking up hills for a million hours.
Hunan Home’s Restaurant. In China Town. Amazing. Conveniently close to Comstock Saloon if you fancied a cocktail post Chinese feast…
From San Fran we rented a bright red convertible (we are all about subtlety) and headed off down Highway 1, staying at Big Surr overnight, and spending our days cruising down the coast. Insert a lot of stopping to stare in awe at the beautiful coastline, and (surprise surprise) eating at a few delicious places along the way, plus some slight panic when we realised that we were stuck in LA’s infamous traffic on our way to the airport, and you get a general summary of our last few days in the US. These days were some of my favourites. The perfect end to an amazing holiday.
America, I love you. And your donuts.